(Part 1 of 2 in the series: “Becoming Like an Infant”)
The disciples thought they were ready for “PhD Christianity”. Jesus, however, rebuked them that they weren’t even ready for “Kindergarten Christianity”, unless they made a U-turn and became like little children. The beautiful paradox is that the one who is like a little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven!
One characteristic of infants is that they are not at all affected by the worldly importance of people (Matthew 21:6-16). If we seek the honor of men we will never be able to believe (John 5:44). More seriously, God warns us that whatever is of worldly importance is an abomination to God (Luke 16:15). If we have truly entered the New Covenant, we will treat honor-seeking in the same way as we treat those things that God called an abomination in the Old Covenant, and have the same repulsive attitude toward it.
The only person who matters to infants is their Father/Mother. When we truly become like an infant spiritually, we start to know God this way — at the expense of knowing everyone else. This is what Jesus said is eternal life (John 17:3).
When we are truly converted and become a new creation, then we will seek to know only Christ and not know or be affected by anyone in a worldly way (II Corinthians 5:16-17). Knowing Christ this way, at the expense of knowing anything/anyone else, was the passion that preserved Paul all the way to the end of his life (Philippians 3:10).
May this be our testimony too until Christ’s return! Amen.